UPN Gotham flagship WWOR will shift gears in latenight this fall, bumping its sitcom lineup in order to strip off-net repeats of “Star Trek: Voyager” at 11:30 p.m.
Sci-fi skein, which is making its syndie bow this fall, continues to air original segs in primetime on UPN, offering WWOR a stellar window to promote the off-net encores. In addition, “Voyager’s” syndie predecessor, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” wrapped production last spring, making “Voyager” the new center of the “Trek” universe.
UPN’s Los Angeles outlet, KCOP, is also betting heavily on “Voyager.” The station Monday announced plans to strip the series weeknights at 7 p.m.
As for WWOR, it plans to pair “Voyager” with frosh firstrun gameshow “Blind Date,” which will run weeknights at 11 starting Sept. 20. “NewsRadio,” now airing weeknights at 11 and 11:30, will be double-pumped from 12:30 to 1:30 a.m., while “Married … With Children” is being banished to single run at 1:30 a.m.
WWOR’s overnight repeat of its 10 p.m. news is being dropped to make room for the new syndie product.
Switching to an hourlong actioner in latenight provides WWOR — which hasn’t been a real contender in latenight since “Jenny Jones” repeats briefly surged mid-decade — a chance to counterprogram against WPIX’s dominant latenight syndie comedy block and the comedy-focused network talkers on WCBS and WNBC.
Talk on tap
Fox-owned WNYW is also likely to drop yuks for gab, airing one of two daily broadcasts of the new Queen Latifah talker at 11:30 p.m., according to Gotham TV industry speculation.
The rest of WWOR’s fall sked offers only a few surprises.
Station will continue double-pumping “Sister Sister,” though nightly segs run from 6-7 p.m. L.L. Cool J laffer “In the House,” new to the syndie market this year, gets a plum 7 p.m. slot. “Martin,” now airing twice nightly, is being reduced to one airing at 7:30 p.m.
Afternoon anchors “Judge Joe Brown,” “Forgive or Forget” and “Ricki Lake” are staying put at 3, 4 and 5 p.m., respectively. “Jenny Jones” and “Montel Williams” also remain from 1-3 p.m.
WWOR has skedded the newly-syndicated “Leeza” weekdays at noon, moving its daily “Ricki” encore to 11 a.m. Newest revival of “Family Feud” will be double-pumped from 10 to 11 a.m., with an encore “Montel” slated for 9 a.m.
The new Disney-produced UPN kidvid block, which will run afternoons in many cities, will air from 7-9 a.m. weekdays on both WWOR and KCOP.